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Writer to talk about boys’ issues

Michael Gurian, Spokane author and acknowledged national expert on childhood and adolescence, is getting plenty of national attention for his new book, “The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives” (Jossey-Bass, 272 pages, $26.95).

Gurian, in this and several previous books, argues that society has not given boys the direction and sense of purpose they need.

On Thursday, USA Today did a lengthy interview with Gurian, in which he said, “I think that we now are entering the decade of the boy. We have been in the decade of the girl.

“We have studied, understood and continued to value what girls need in the new millennium. We now need to ratchet up what boys and men need so we can have a whole new society.”

Hear Gurian discuss these issues himself when he reads at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., on May 19, 7:30 p.m.

Bernadette Peters signing

Bernadette Peters – yeah, that Bernadette Peters – will sign copies of her children’s book, “Broadway Barks” (Blue Apple Books, 2008), on May 9, 2 p.m. at the Spokane Valley Barnes and Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave.

She’s the Broadway and Hollywood actress who will be in town that weekend to appear at the Northern Quest Casino on May 10.

The book is about a lonely little dog in a New York park who makes it to Broadway.


A new regional journal for writers, artists and photographers debuted this month: “SpokeWrite: The Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Journal of Art and Writing.”

Volume I, Issue 1 includes a number of articles, stories, poems and images from people in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

This new journal is published by Gray Dog Press and is available from area bookstores, at or by calling (509) 768-6206.

Jim Kershner can be reached at (509) 459-5493 or by e-mail at